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Peanuts

They are a brain healthy food but have you ever wondered where the term "Peanut Gallery" comes from?

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Ludic

Characterized by playfulness.

Peanuts

They are a brain healthy food but have you ever wondered where the term "Peanut Gallery" comes from?

The term became popular in the late 19th century and referred to the rear or uppermost seats in a theater, which were also the cheapest seats. People seated in such a gallery were able to throw peanuts, a common food at theaters, at those seated below them. It also applied to the first row of seats in a movie theater, for the occupants of those seats could throw peanuts at the stage, stating their displeasure with the performance.